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Innovative Vitalize360 Wellness Program Infuses Orchard Cove Residents with Sense of Purpose and Expands to Community at Large

April 29, 2016

Orchard Cove resident Natalie Linden

While many may perceive senior living communities as places where older people go to put their feet up and watch the world go by, Hebrew SeniorLife believes that seniors have far more potential to accomplish exciting things in their later years. The residents of Hebrew SeniorLife communities are people who are learning, growing and achieving full, healthy and vibrant lives. One major reason for this is Vitalize360 TM, an award-winning, innovative, centered wellness coaching and assessment system that originated at Orchard Cove in 2003.

Community-Based Geriatric Nursing Program Benefits Residents at HSL Communities

Video captures intergenerational program in action

April 21, 2016

Community-Based Geriatric Nursing Program Benefits Residents at HSL Communities

Nursing students begin their careers with the understanding that caring for ill and frail people will include having a large population of seniors as their patients. And while caring for them in times of greatest need is vitally important, they often never have the opportunity to get to know patients as people and relate to their more specific medical needs associated with aging.

Lifelong Learning at NewBridge Senior Living Community Leads to Resident Website

April 6, 2016

NewBridge community website creator Ed Goldstein sits in front of his computer

At a time when people 65 and older are one of the fastest-growing groups online and social media use among seniors is exploding, many older adults are embracing technology and incorporating it into their busy lives.

One prime example of the growing connection between seniors and technology occurs right here on the NewBridge on the Charles campus. When a resident of NewBridge on the Charles rises in the morning, there’s one place they can go to get their news, plan their daily activities, or make dining reservations, all from the comfort of home. 

Fund for Hospice Care at HSL Continues Legacy of “Loving Kindness”

March 16, 2016

The Chesed Fund will honor the work of Rabbi Herman J. Blumberg by providing end-of-life care through HSL Hospice Care. Here, Rabbi Blumberg is pictured with HSL Spiritual Care Director Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow at an event to recognize his retirement.

During his time as a chaplain at Hebrew SeniorLife and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Rabbi Herman J. Blumberg was known for his wisdom, kindness, and overwhelming compassion.

Rabbi Blumberg’s “passion project” was to establish a hospice service at HSL. He strongly believed that seniors in the local Jewish community, in particular, deserved better end-of-life care and that HSL was the perfect organization to provide that care. Thanks in no small part to Rabbi Blumberg’s commitment, HSL Hospice Care launched in 2013. He served as Rabbinic Director from the program’s inception to his retirement in 2015.

Independent Living Resident Shares His Passion for Math with Rashi School Students

Eli Botkin is a weekly presence in the math classes of the grade 7 & 8 students at The Rashi School

February 29, 2016

Independent Living Resident Shares His Passion for Math with Rashi School Students

Since The Rashi School opened on the NewBridge on the Charles campus in 2010, we have been building a robust, multi-faceted partnership. Our residents serve as reading buddies with Kindergarten and 1st grade students, middle school kids volunteer in our memory care program and help teach independent and assisted living residents how to use their mobile technology more proficiently.

Independent Living Residents Give Back to Dedham Community

The Volunteer Outreach Committee at NewBridge on the Charles

February 25, 2016

Independent Living Residents Give Back to Dedham Community

In 2014 three million (9%) U.S. households with seniors age 65 and older experienced food insecurity; 1.2 million that live alone also experienced food insecurity, according to the non-profit organization Feeding America. Poverty and food insecurity has been increasing in Massachusetts affecting more seniors than ever before. An estimated 20 percent of Massachusetts residents who suffer from food insecurity are seniors. And of course food insecure seniors are at an increased risk for chronic health conditions.

The Benefits of Fitness for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

“Everyone is Equal in the Gym”

February 17, 2016

The Benefits of Fitness for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

When you think of therapies and supports for a senior living with dementia, your first question may not be “how often can she get to the gym?” But the latest research shows that physical exercise may be an effective treatment – not only for risk reduction – but also to help those already suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and vascular dementia live better lives.

Long-term Chronic Care Patient Blossomed at HRC Dedham

Son of Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Dedham patient shares his experience

January 13, 2016

Esther Taube was a patient at HRC Dedham for three years until September 2015.

I recently sat down with Bill Taube whose mother, Esther, blossomed as a patient at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Dedham (HRC Dedham). Bill’s mother moved to HRC Dedham three years earlier and was at the time,  “Angry at the world and depressed.” 

Before moving to HRC Dedham, she was so depressed that she would not even visit the hairdresser, a long held Saturday morning ritual. Bill was concerned that perhaps his mother would not adjust well to a move and grow only more despondent. Carol Westheimer, Esther’s geriatric care manager, pushed for the change and recommended HRC Dedham as a good match. “Carol was right,” says Bill. 

NewBridge on the Charles Residents Share Hopes for 2016 in The Boston Globe

January 6, 2016

Bernice “Bunny” Wallace (R) and Barbara Yavner. Photo attribution: Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Residents of Assisted Living at NewBridge on the Charles, Hebrew SeniorLife’s continuing care retirement community in Dedham, MA, recently shared their hopes for 2016 with Boston Globe reporter Kathy McCabe.

As part of a New Year’s feature that also included the hopes and aspirations of Massachusetts third graders and recent immigrants, assisted living resident Ralph Berkowitz shared wise words: 

Service Dog Provides Healing and Companionship in Senior Care

“She brings out the best in people”

December 23, 2015

Service Dog Provides Healing and Companionship in Senior Care

Tamari, the ministry service dog at NewBridge on the Charles in DedhamThe spiritual care team at NewBridge on the Charles has an unusual team member: a two-year-old black Labrador Retriever named Tamari.

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